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The Trust's grant-making strategies are shaped by three core objectives; environmental education, demonstration-based restoration, and community engagement.  We look to these objectives as basic touchstones for developing our grant programs, engaging new partners, and communicating about our work.

To support these objectives, the Trust currently makes awards through 15 grant programs and one rebate program. To learn more about the criteria for each grant program and the partners the Trust works with, select one of the following:


The Trust also manages programs with funding specific to certain counties and cities. You can find these grant opportunities on our County Specific grant page.

Not sure which grant programs fund in your area? Use our grant program locator tool to find out what projects you are eligible for. 

 The Chesapeake Bay Trust also funds:



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click here to learn more about the Trust's Chesapeake Conservation Corps program.

In 2015, the Trust awarded $9.8 million in grants to hundreds of organizations. These awards, spearheaded by grassroots nonprofits, schools, community groups, and others dedicated to creating environmental stewards and committed to restoring the health of their local waters and the Chesapeake Bay, engaged 97,746 students, mobilized 19,301 volunteers, planted over 198,126 trees and native plants, and removed over 72 tons of trash.